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Book Description Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volume 3 – New York City – By Joe Bruno

Posted in Cosa Nostra, criminals, crooked cops, crooks, FBI, Gangs, gangsters, labor unions, mafia, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, New York City disasters, New York City murder, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2012 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps - Volume 3 - New York City

Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volume 3 – New York City

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Like The Don said, “Forget the cannoli; but buy this book, or I’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse.”

As were Volumes 1 & 2, “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volume 3- New York City” is filled with delightful vignettes on some of the worse creatures God has ever created.

The most decadent article is the piece on The Old Brewery, located in the Five Points section of Lower Manhattan, where murder and debauchery, including incest, were an everyday occurrence. Close behind is Satan’s Circus, a section of New York City in Midtown Manhattan which displayed a brothel every few feet, and a gambling house on every street corner.

Disasters are covered here too; in the essays on the Brooklyn Theater Fire of 1876, and the General Slocum Paddleboat Fire of 1904. And if you are a fan of the Mafia, you won’t be disappointed in the bios on Carlo Gambino, Vito Genovese, Paul Castellano, and Carmine Galente, the last two of whom died in a hail of gunfire in public places; their gruesome death photos splattered on the front pages of the New York City daily newspapers.

Female reprobates are also featured. Like Sadie the Goat, who made a fine living rolling drunks on the Lower East Side docks, before she made the big-time as a riverboat pirate, plundering and pillaging along the Hudson River all the way to upstate New York. And let’s not forget Evelyn Mittelman, called “The Kiss of Death,” because several of her boyfriends were murdered by her next boyfriend in line.

This book is not for the faint of heart. But if you like reading about murderers, crooks, disasters, and degenerates, you’ve come to the right place.

So flip on your Kindle, press the right buttons, and enjoy. At only 99 cents, you’ll definitely get bang for your buck (minus a penny).

Joe Bruno on the Mob – Donnie Brasco Surfaces Again

Posted in Canada, criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2012 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

Joe Bruno's Mobsters - Six Volume Set

Joe Bruno's Mobsters – Six Volume Set

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Donnie Brasco is like Jason in the Halloween movies. Just when you think Donnie Brasco – real name Joe Pistone – FBI agents extraordinaire, is dead and buried as a professional witness,  he returns to testify in another trial.

Read the article below, and if you are a member of the Canadian mob, read the article and weep.

 

PS – Donnie Brasco spent several years in my neighborhood in the Lower East Side’s 4th Ward in the mid-late 1970’s and early 1980’s. I ran into him a few times here and there.

I didn’t like him then, and I certainly don’t like him now.

 

Donnie Brasco’ to testify at Quebec’s corruption inquiry

 

http://www.torontosun.com/2012/09/13/donnie-brasco-to-testify-at-quebecs-corruption-inquiry

 

MONTREAL — New York Mob infiltrator Joe Pistone, a.k.a. Donnie Brasco, will be the next star witness at Quebec’s corruption inquiry, QMI Agency has learned.

The man who helped bring down the Bonanno crime syndicate and lived to tell about it will testify, face uncovered, about the Mafia’s role in public contracting.

He is scheduled to take the stand Monday at commission headquarters in downtown Montreal, sources tell QMI Agency.

The event will be televised live and the 72-year-old is expected to answer questions for at least a half day.

Judge France Charbonneau is examining the role organized crime plays in public infrastructure projects and political party financing.

Quebec’s former anti-corruption czar, Jacques Duchesneau, told the legislature last year that the Mafia launders cash at construction sites across Quebec.

He later told the inquiry about firms that conspire to inflate the value of public contracts before funnelling cash to political parties.

The former Montreal police chief also testified that dirty money accounted for a whopping 70% of political donations in the province.

The scandals were a factor in Quebecers’ decision to kick Jean Charest out of office last week.

Joe Pistone gained firsthand knowledge of Mob activities from 1976 to 1981 when he penetrated deeper into organized crime than any FBI agent in history.

Using the alias Donnie Brasco, Pistone posed as a mid-level foot soldier in the Bonanno crime family.

He gained the confidence of top mob leaders before turning his information over to his FBI bosses.

Prosecutors built an iron-clad case that resulted in stiff jail sentences for top Mob leaders in the 1980s.

New York subsequently formed a permanent anti-corruption unit that premier Charest duplicated in Quebec as he tried to dodge allegations that dirty money made its way into his Liberal party.

Pistone’s story was adapted for the big screen in the film Donnie Brasco, starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino.

Source: torontosun.com

 

What goods will “Donnie Brasco” dish out at Quebec corruption probe?

WNBC-TV – Ida Libby Dengrove

MONTREAL – So how much light can “Donnie Brasco” really shed on modern-day corruption in Quebec?

The man who decades ago infiltrated the New York Mafia in an operation immortalized in a 1997 Hollywood film will testify next week at Quebec’s corruption inquiry, according to a report.

It wouldn’t be the first time on a high-profile witness stand for Joseph Pistone, the retired cop who assumed the Brasco identity during his undercover days and who is still hiding from the Mafia all these years later as a result of his old career.

One crime expert says Pistone remains an authority on the Italian Mafia and may be able to provide a broader picture of how the organization works.

But given that his expertise was gathered in another era, in another country, he might not have relevant specifics to share at Quebec’s inquiry, the expert said.

“He’s very knowledgeable, he’s very intelligent,” said Antonio Nicaso, an author and expert on the Mafia in Canada.

“But I don’t know what he can add about the Canadian side (of the Mafia).”

The French-language arm of the CBC reports that Pistone will testify on Monday — which happens to be his 73rd birthday. Spokespeople for the inquiry have not confirmed or denied the report.

Quebec’s Charbonneau commission is looking into criminal corruption in the construction industry and its ties to organized crime and political parties. Hearings are scheduled to begin again Monday after a nearly three-month summer pause.

Pistone is no stranger to testifying.

After infiltrating the infamous Bonanno crime family, and to a lesser extent the Colombo family, between 1976 to 1981, he spent the years that followed testifying in several trials that led to more than 100 federal convictions.

The Bonannos are alleged to have links to Montreal’s Rizzuto clan. In fact, Vito Rizzuto has spent the last several years in a U.S. prison in connection with 1981 murders that were referenced in the “Donnie Brasco” movie featuring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp.

Rizzuto is slated for release from a U.S. prison early next month.

Nicaso doubts that Pistone knows much about the Mafia in Canada or is up to date on current events. Montreal’s Mafia has been torn apart by a bloody power struggle since Rizzuto was extradited in 2006.

But Pistone is aware of just how the Mob functions — whether in Quebec or elsewhere — and might provide the commission with valuable insight.

“The Mafia is an organization that was capable of remaining in business for so long only because of its capacity to build relationships with politicians, businessmen, bankers,” Nicaso said.

“If they were only violent criminals, they wouldn’t have survived this long.”

Nicaso says that relationship with politics, legitimate business and the financial world is the key to understanding the Mafia’s reach.

Pistone noted in 1988, during testimony before a United States senate sub-committee, that organized crime was already undergoing a culture shift in that country.

“I think it has changed in that with the younger members coming up, they are not as dedicated to the society as the older individuals,” Pistone testified then, noting that the new generation was less tied to tradition.

“On the other hand, they have changed by diversifying more in their illegal activities. They are putting more of their illegal proceeds into legal businesses, legitimate businesses.”

Charbonneau commission spokesman Richard Bourdon said Thursday that he would not confirm Pistone’s presence next week. Witnesses to the commission are made public 24 to 48 hours in advance.

Pistone, who retired from the FBI in 1986, has worked as a consultant to law-enforcement agencies and as an FBI trainer since then. He has also authored several books and worked in film and television.

But the police legend leads a very secretive life.

He reportedly has a $500,000 bounty on his head and, even after three decades and an FBI warning for mobsters to leave him alone, Pistone still treads carefully.

In a 2005 interview with National Geographic about a documentary on the Mafia, Pistone indicated he was still taking precautions and travelling under an assumed name and in disguise.

In a 2008 interview with a journalist in Las Vegas, he changed the location of the interview at the last minute and when they finally met he was accompanied by bodyguards.

Source: vancouversun.com

 

 

Book Description – “Joe Bruno’s Mobsters – Six Volume Set” Now Available on Amazon.com – Just $2.99

Posted in criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2012 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

Bargain – everyone loves a bargain, and Joe Bruno’s Mobsters – Six Volume Set is a bargain that’s hard to beat.

Joe Bruno's Mobsters - Six Volume Set

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This boxed set, consisting of six books by mob writer Joe Bruno, starts with Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps – Volumes 1, 2, and 3 – New York City. All three books were once ranked No. 1 in the now-defunct Amazon book category “Gangs,” and all three are consistently ranked in the top 100 in Amazon’s “Organized Crime.”

According to New York City criminal attorney Mathew J. Mari, Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps is “a composite of characters and events that entwines the denizens of New York City’s underworld with the rich history of New York City from the early 1800’s through the early 1900’s.”

The Wrong Man: Who Ordered the Murder of Gambler Herman Rosenthal and Why describes the events surrounding the sensational 1912 murder of stool-pigeon/gambler Herman Rosenthal, including the two trials and subsequent execution of New York City Police Lieut. Charles Becker. Becker was undoubtedly a corrupt cop of the highest order, but Becker did not order Rosenthal’s murder, and it was, in fact, to Becker’s advantage to keep Rosenthal very much alive.

Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple – From the Black Hand to Murder Incorporated details the progression of New York City murder machines from 1900-1940. It starts with the Italian Black Hand, and cruises through the Boys from Brooklyn, which later became part of the most deadly American alliance ever: Murder Incorporated.

Finally, to cap off this six-book boxed set there’s Mob Wives – Fuhgeddaboudit! – a clever critique of the VH1 TV program Mob Wives. As L.L. McKenna said in her Amazon book review – The Real of Reality TV, “What a pleasure Mob Wives – Fuhgeddaboudit! is to read! Mr. Bruno not only provides insight to the ‘reality show’ but includes his blogs and responses. While scripted or not, the only truth is the paycheck that the “characters” cash while exposing themselves to the viewers.”

In summation: you get six Joe Bruno books for less than the price of a Starbuck’s cup of Joe.

Who says people can’t find a bargain these days?

Book Review – Sonny Girard’s Mob Reader.

Posted in criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2012 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

5.0 out of 5 stars Mob tales from a real mob insider!, September 14, 2012

Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 1 - New York City

Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 1 – New York City

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By  Joe Bruno Sr. “Fiction and Non Fiction author” (Sarasota, Florida) -

Amazon Verified Purchase – (Duh — I actually bought and read this book))
This review is from: Sonny Girard’s Mob Reader (Kindle Edition)

So you want to know about the mob? Well, this is the book you must buy if you want an intricate understanding of mob business from one of the great mob authors of his time, or any time, for that matter.

Whether Sonny Girard is weaving a tale about mob rat Joe Valachi, or talking about veteran mob-buster cop Joe Coffey, readers can be assured they are getting an inside look at the machinations of the mob and their pursuers from somebody who was in the trenches – fighting back.

And for under five bucks – fuhgeddaboudit! – this book is a legitimate steal, even if most of the characters in Girard’s book aren’t legitimate, and sometimes they do steal.

Don’t forget, buy this book, but leave the cannoli. It’s the right thing to do.

If you don’t, I’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse.

Look into my eyes and you’ll know I’m not kidding.

Free Kindle Copy of “Mob Wives Fuhgeddaboudit!”

Posted in criminals, crooks, Drug dealers, FBI, FBI, Gangs, gangsters, Lawyers, mafia, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2012 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

 

This is a present for the loyal readers of my blog – which averages 20,000 hits per month.

Any of my blogs readers who want a free Amazon Kindle copy of  my new book “Mob Wives – Fuhgeddaboudit”  (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0091UNCFA), which makes a mockery of the TV program Mob Wives just sent me your name and  email address at: jbruno999@aol.com and  I will “gift” you a free copy of my book from Amazon.com. 

If you don’t have a Kindle; not to worry. You can download a free Kindle app to your computer. Just go to the page my book is listed on and click on “Available on your PC,” on the upper right hand side of the page, and you can download the free Kindle app to your computer for free.
A free ebook just for asking.
What’s not to like?

Joe Bruno on the Mob – Hector “Junior” Pagan Lied to the FBI

Posted in Cosa Nostra, criminals, crooks, FBI, FBI, Gangs, gangsters, mafia, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, New York City murder, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2012 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

 

This proves there is a God.

Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 1 - New York City

Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 1 – New York City

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Just as this book was going to press, a bombshell went off that blasted the FBI and Hector “Junior” Pagan’s rat-deal to bits.

The rules of the FBI-rat-program plea-deal specifically state when you agree to become an informant, you have to tell the Feds your precise involvement with other crimes you may have committed in the past. Apparently, Pagan violated the rules of his deal when he forgot to tell the Feds he was the shooter in the robbery-gone-awry murder of James Donovan.

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Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple – From the Black Hand to Murder Incorporated

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Not only did Pagan not tell the Feds he was the actual shooter, but he said that the shooter was his co-conspirator Richard Riccardi, who along with Luigi Grasso and Pagan, cornered Donovan in a Brooklyn body shop and demanded he turn over a reported “tens of thousands of dollars” he  had on him. When Donovan balked on giving over his money, he was shot in the femoral artery and he bled to death. The thugs reportedly took Donovan’s money, while Donovan was bleeding, and spit it up later.

However, security cameras in a Key Food store across the street from the body shop conclusively show that Riccardi never left his car, and that Pagan and Grasso were the men who actually confronted Donovan.

This startling revelation may not only KO Pagan’s deal with the government, but also result in alleged Bonanno Crime boss Vincent “Vinny TV” Badalamenti waking out of court a free man. It seems that, based on Pagan’s treachery, Badalamenti agreed to a plea deal which would have netted him two years in the slammer. Now with Pagan’s truthfulness in severe doubt, Badalamenti’s plea deal could be nullified, according to his attorney Ronald Fischetti.

Fischetti said in a brief he presented to the court that without Pagan’s testimony “The U.S. Probation Department informed him that prosecutors would not have been able to prove their original charges against Vinny TV even under a much lower standard of proof than the ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ standard that is needed to convince jurors at trial.”

            In Fischetti’s memo to Brooklyn Federal Court Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon, he wrote, “Indeed, the probation report indicates that ‘the government advised that they are not prepared to prove by a preponderance of the evidence any criminal acts, charged or uncharged, by the defendant (Badalamenti).’”

In other words, without Pagan’s testimony, prosecutors could not establish that Badalamenti was more likely than not to have committed those crimes.

So Badalamenti might soon be on the streets and Pagan in court on trial for murder

Like I said up top, this proves there is a God.

Book Review – Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple -Tampa Examiner by Nola Cancel

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Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple - From the Black Hand to Murder Incorporated

Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple – From the Black Hand to Murder Incorporated

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Joe Bruno, author of Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple – From the Black Hand to Murder Incorporated, knows of what he writes. Having grown up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan he was exposed at an early age to the type of men he writes about in his book and this first hand knowledge of the subject matter shows on each page.


From men like Joe Morello and Ignazio Saietta who formed the Black Hand as a way to extort money and goods from honest Italians who did not trust the local police thru “The Boys from Brownsville” who became the enforcers for the notorious and bloody, Murder Inc., the stories in “Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple” tell a history that was forged in blood and bound by honor.

Whether you recognize the names of Al Capone, Louis “Lepke” Buchalter, or Lucky Luciano, one thing is certain, after reading this book, you will. A veritable “who’s who” of the mob in New York from the beginning of the century thru the start of World War II, the reader is transported back to a time where murder was an everyday occurrence and finding a body in the street was nothing new.

Well-written and concise, each story is told with a respect for the subject and a love of the gangster genre. A fascinating read for anyone interested in the mob and mobsters. A must read for all those who like their murders bloody and the goons scary.

Joe Bruno on the Mob – Francis (BF) Guerra Not Guilty

Posted in Cosa Nostra, criminals, crooks, FBI, FBI, Gangs, gangsters, mafia, mobs, Mobsters, murder, New York City, New York City murder, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2012 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

          In a stunning setback for the government and the prosecution, Brooklynite Francis (BF) Guerra was found not guilty of the murders of Joseph Scopo and Staten Island club-owner Michael Devine.

Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 1 - New York City

Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 1 – New York City

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            “The jury rejected the testimony of five fakers,” co-defense counsel Mathew Mari said of the mob rats who testified against Guerra in a series of crimes.

            The verdict was so stunning, Federal Judge Sandra Townes, who was accused during the trial by Guerra’s co-counsel Gerald McMahon of bias against Guerra, asked for the jury to go back into the jury room, so she could read their decision before it was made public. It was like Judge Townes refused to believe what she was hearing from the jury until she read the verdict herself.

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Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple – From the Black Hand to Murder Incorporated

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Judges Townes was so biased against Guerra during the trail, she even took the unusual step of having Guerra’s 2-year-old son removed from the courtroom because the kid was waving to his father in the courtroom, and Guerra had the audacity to wave back to his own son. Like that was some sort of crime.

            The key evidence that helped acquit the defendant was when the ex-wife of the government’s chief witness against Guerra testified in court that Guerra was home playing the board game Clue when Scopo was killed. Obviously, this woman’s ex-husband had made some sort of deal with the government for his false testimony, and the government bit, because they wanted a conviction against Guerra, who they claimed was an associate of the Colombo crime family. This was the second big loss for the government in a row. In May, a jury found of alleged Colombo crime boss Thomas (Tommy Shots) Gioeli innocent on six murder charges.  

            This is the problem with the law these days. If they even think you’re associated with the Mafia (or organized crime), they will stop at nothing to get a conviction; even going as far as making a deal with a criminal far worse than the person they are prosecuting.

            So even with the judge against him, and the government lining up false witnesses against him, Guerra’s co counsels Mari and McMahon were able to convince a jury all was not as the government said it was. As a result, Guerra walked out of court a free man.

            I have two problems with this sort of thinking by the government. First, why make deals with criminals just to convict someone they think is a criminal? And second, what if it’s you, or I, or someone with a vowel at the end of his name whom law enforcement decides is the bad guy?

The bottom line is careers are made in law enforcement, from the arresting officer, to the prosecuting attorney, when an alleged organized crime figure, or associate is put behind bars; not to mention the increase in salary they receive from a promotion based on a successful prosecution of “The Mob.”

 This type of government thinking goes all the way back to the mid-1930s when Thomas E. Dewey framed Mafia boss Lucky Luciano on a prostitution charge, when Dewey knew Luciano was committing every crime known to man, except prostitution.

Why does the government think they have the right to play God?

The bad news for the government is that juries are getting wise to their Machiavellian machinations; which is good news for all law-biding citizens.

 

 

Joe Bruno on the Mob – Big Ang– Hit or Miss?

Posted in criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mafia, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, organized crime, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2012 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple - From the Black Hand to Murder Incorporated

Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple – From the Black Hand to Murder Incorporated

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Right off the Bat, the Big Ang show on VH1, a takeoff of Mob Wives, and staring Big Ang Raiola, is not the abomination that the program Mob Wives is. In fact, in spite of myself, I found the show mildly enjoyable.

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Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 1 – New York City

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At the show’s opening, Big Ang, wearing a low-cut red dress tell the audience, “I like everything big – big boobs (she jingles her impressive breasts), big cars, big home, and big jewelry (she waves her hand full of diamonds at the camera).”

            The cast of character of Big Ang thankfully contains none of the obnoxious stars of Mob Wives; no Karen Gravano and no Renee Graziano. The Big Ang show is about having laughs, drinking enormous amounts of booze at Big Ang’s Staten Island bar “The Drunken Monkey,” and ogling guys young enough to be her sons, and in some cases, grandsons.

After telling the TV audience that she “loves money and Wise-Guys,” Big Ang introduces her crew; Crazy Linda and Little Jen, and her little dog Louis. Also includes in her crew is her younger sister Janine (six years younger than Big Ang), who is the exact opposite of Big Ang’s bombastic persona. Janine is the brains of the crew; calmly keeping everyone is a semblance of order, even Little Louie.

Big Ang says of her crew, “The people I like are wackos who are loyal.”

Thinking back to the past when these three girls must have been hot, attractive numbers (they are no longer that, no matter how hard they try)) Big Ang says, “The Wize – Guys loved us. But now half of them are dead, half of them are rats, and the other half are decrepit.”

Big Ang obviously thinks three halves make a whole.

“Wackos” is the right word for Big Ang’s crew.  Little Jen is 53 years old, and is so afraid of the dark; she still lives with her parents. Apparently Little Jen got sick a few years back, and was in a coma for five days.  But she now proudly says, “They thought I was dead but I f****d them up and here I am.” (There’s a little cursing in the show, but nowhere near the amount of cursing on Mob Wives.)

Crazy Linda is just that – crazy. She says she was the sexy one in the crew, and they did show two photos  of Crazy Linda way back when; one in a bikini and one with her bare legs the focal point while she lay sprawled on a small couch. Truthfully, she was a nice looking broad, but that was so long ago, Perry Mason was the top show on television at the time.

The opening show is all about Big Ang and the grand re-opening of her bar “The Drunken Money,” a small, narrow bistro which was renovated by her brother-in-law Dom, a big lug with a bald head and a spit-eating grin on his chubby face. Dom looks nothing like a contractor, and everything like your sweet neighborhood bookie, which he may be on the side, although there is no proof to back up this contention.

Big Ang tell the audience, “If this bar don’t get on the map now, I have to move on.”

The first order of business for Big Ang is to hire four sides of beef to act as “shot guys” for the grand opening – topless men barely in their 20s, who circulate in the crowd selling shots to giggling girls for two bucks apiece. This was the idea of her son AJ, whom she calls her “baby boy.”

Big Ang says AJ is handsome and “suave-A,” which is quite a stretch since AJ has a face that only his mother could love. At the end of the show, we get a quick teaser for the following program, where AJ informs his mom that he has been arrested (for selling drugs), and he tells mom he’s “definitely looking at jail time.”

So much for her “baby boy.”

The rest of the show is one big party at “The Drunken Monkey” – a party I would have loved being at  30 years ago. Big Ang is jiggling around,  dancing with the young shirtless “shot guys,” as are Crazy Linda and Little Jen. The old girls are so hot-and-bothered, you’d expect them to seduce the young guys right on the dance floor; or maybe even on a bar stool.

The funniest bit of the show is when Big Ang says, “This is the time to bring out my Drunken Money.”

 A midget wearing a monkey suit comes running out of the bathroom. He jumps on the bar, and starts dancing, and gyrating, and, well, I guess you just had to see it to understand the absurdity of it all.

The party was one loud, drunken dance riot, until we see Big Ang’s husband, Neil, walking through the front door.  Big Ang had thrown Neil out of her house seven months earlier because Neil was a “cheater, all-night, stay-out drunk.”

Neil, 38 and 16 years younger than Big Ang, is a legitimate-guy who works as a sanitation worker for New York City. He informed Big Ang at lunch early in the show that he was “ready to move back in” with Big Ang. Big Ang was not too happy with the suggestion, and even less happy when someone yells at the party, “You’re husband is here!”

Big Ang spots Neil; Neil spots a “shot guy” named Ricardo basically stuffed between Big Ang’s huge breasts (she say she wear a triple J bra), and Neil storms out of the bar without even saying hello.

The show ends with Big Ang sitting on a bench outside “The Drunken Monkey” after the party is over. With her are her sister Janine, Crazy Linda, and Little Jen, and all four ladies are swaying in the wind, even though they are sitting down. This is when Big Ang informs her crew that Neil requested to move back into their marital home.

Then Big Ang tells them, “I think I’m going to let Neil move back in.”

After she sees her crew’s mouths drop open, Big Ang adds, “I always make decisions when I’m on Patron (tequila). I think I’ll sleep the Patron off before I make a decision on Neil.”

Although  the Big Ang show will never be a nominees for an Emmy, I’ve spent worse half hours watching insipid and annoying  television shows; the most recent being Mob Wives. Watching Big Ang and her crew is sort of entertaining, but I would be much more entertaining if I had a bottle of Patron of my own to chug down while I’m watching.

But Big Ang, please – lose the drunken midget in the monkey suit. Big Ang might accidentally sit on the poor guy and what a mess that would make.

 

Excerpt # 10 – Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple – From the Black Hand to Murder Incorporated

Posted in criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mafia, mobs, Mobsters, murder, New York City, New York City murder, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2012 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple - From the Black Hand to Murder Incorporated

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With Louis Capone serving as the intermediary to keep peace between Kid Twist and Happy, the Boys from Brownsville thrived. When Albert Anastasia needed someone murdered, he relayed this information to Capone, who gave the contract to Reles and Maione, who then used their stable of killers, including themselves, to do the dirty deeds.

However, the Boys from Brownsville’s main source of income was shylocking (loaning money out at usurious rates), bookmaking (taking illegals bets on sporting events), and floating craps (dice) games. The “floating” craps games took place on street corners and in vacant lots. The more expensive games were run in car garages, or in any building that was vacant for the night.

The shylocking and bookmaking businesses were run from the backroom of a Brownsville candy store called “Midnight Rose’s.” The store was owned by a cranky old lady named Rose, who was the mother of one of the minor members of the crew known only as “The Dapper.” Rose was hassled several times by the law over the types of people who frequented her establishment.

“Why do you let hoodlums hang out in your store?” detectives once asked her.

“Why don’t the police keep them out?” she said. “Can I help it who comes into my store?”

Another time she was asked by the police if she knew anyone named “Pittsburgh Phil.”

“Pittsburgh, Chicago, San Francisco…what do I know about them?” she said. “I was never out of Brooklyn in my life. All I know is I got ‘syracuse’ veins. I’m a sick woman.”

It was stated in a 1942 corruption report to New York Governor Herbert Lehman – written by Special Assistant Attorney John Harlan – that in 1938 alone, more than $400,000 in loans were handled by Midnight Rose herself.

There was also a Boys from Brownsville “stolen-car department,” run by the younger members of the crew, who were basically go-fers for Reles, Happy Maione, Pittsburgh Phil, and the rest of the higher-ups. Teenagers like Dukey Maffetore and Pretty Levine stole cars on a regular basis, as did “Blue Jaw” Magoon and stolen-car-specialist Sholem Bernstein. Some cars were broken down and sold as parts, but most were used as transportation in murder contracts.

It was around the time of the Willie Shapiro murder that the Boys from Brownsville moved up in stature in the National Crime Commission. Through intermediary Louis Capone, the Boys from Brownsville were given numerous murder contracts by the Commission, which culminated in the Boys from Brownsville being given more territories in Brooklyn in which to run their rackets.

There is no doubt that the Boys from Brownsville’s elimination of the Shapiro brothers spurred their transition from strictly small-timers into the major leagues of organized crime, and especially murder.

 

This brings us to…

 

Murder Inc.

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